Wednesday, April 25, 2007

I Know It's Only Rocky Road But I Like It

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket You're right, the fuzzy focus wasn't part of the original game plan. I was too lazy to re-take the photo so I doctored it up a little.

As if Jimmy Hendrix would have worn a cardigan, even in this glorious deep purple. No, this is not a glam and flash sweater. It is a garment with its roots in zen. Simple. Clean.

The action is in the Debbie Bliss Cathay and the Koigu KPPM. And as the back and the two fronts are done ...

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It's Koigu KPPM time! I love the combination of the Koigu with the purple Cathay on the #9s. It takes the simple cardigan to the sublime. Really.

The edging is interesting. To finish, you fold it over and hem, which gives you a picot. Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Racing against the Lilacs

The tiniest, tenderest green leaves are pushing up and out in the garden. The first two daffodils are in a vase on my dining room table.

This weekend promises to be in the 70s; a few more days like that and whoosh! it's spring.

I have finished the left front of the Tahoe cardigan. I photographed it against the top of the piano, hoping the color would show better against black. It doesn't. Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket My hope is to get the right front and two sleeves done, the whole dealio sewn up and ends woven in by lilac bloom.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Oh, The Places We'll Go

Take 1: Back of the Tahoe cardigan. Less than three seconds on the table and along comes the cat.
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Let's try again, this time to show the drapey quality of the Debbie Bliss Cathay knit on #9s. Lots of stockinette but very fluid stockinette.
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I'm picturing this cardigan completed, photographed against a lilac bush in full bloom, a soft, lilac-scented breeze ruffling the sweater and the hum of bees loud in the garden. I'm picturing the cardigan on me, Prince Edward Island, this summer, strolling with me on the beach, draped over the back of my chair as I dip a lobster claw in drawn butter. Touring East Coast colleges with my older daughter. Stopping for cherry pie in Traverse City, Michigan on the drive home.

In the meantime, I'm half-way up the left front of the cardigan, thanks to those #9 needles. When winter melts away, I'll be out in the garden, draping a cardigan over a lilac bush and dodging bees.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Progress

Things are moving along. Tom and I sold our book about some of his field-work on the Wind River rez. We are both very proud of the manuscript. It's is due September 1, which is no problem since it's 95% complete.

Here's something that's 100% complete, as of this morning:

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My daughter Cleo is the model. The Lizard Ridge afghan is for her sister who is out grocery shopping with her dad. When it's Cleo's turn to go off to college, she'll have her own. Want more photos?

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I absolutely love this afghan. I loved making it, loved the excuse to buy so many different skeins of Noro Kureyon. For the same money, I could have bought a Pendleton blanket, which I collect. Know what? Lizard Ridge is even prettier.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Getting Seamy

Twenty-four panels of Lizard Ridge - complete! Now to sew them together, 6 panels long, 4 panels wide. My daughters and I laid them out, this way and that way. Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

This is what we decided on. Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

The chewed ends of the cardboard box are the work of our elder cat Sally. She's learned that if she chews paper, she gets on my husband's nerves. Yep, when you open the Psych 101 textbook to Negative Attention, you get a photo of Sally chewing paper. Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

The turquoise wool is for the border. This afghan is for my older daughter so I asked her to decide. At first, she thought brown. Then she went for turquoise. Turquoise really does something for all those magnificent Noro Kureyon colors.

On the bottom left of the photo, you can just see a corner of my fabric stash. That divine rose print? Just Moygashel linen, circa 1962, that's all.

But that linen is for later. For now, let the seaming of Lizard Ridge begin!